Randolph Brooklyn

Restaurants, Contemporary American Williamsburg
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Randolph Brooklyn
Photograph: Courtesy Randolph Brooklyn

Attracting a balls-to-the-wall crowd of twentysomethings one block from the Williamsburg waterfront, Randolph Brooklyn’s scene is unassailable. The décor could be described as “Applebee’s for hipsters”: The walls are covered with graffiti of Elvis, Superman and Wonder Woman, with a glass-paned garage door fronting the street. Patrons pack into diner-style red booths and scrum at the shiny concrete bar with trophy beer pulls, bobbing their heads to Pat Benatar as they endure the long wait for a table.

This place is all about the $25 cocktail pitchers, and rightly so: The El Pepino Fresco, a blend of tequila, St. Germain, cucumber, lime and peychauds bitters, is a lovely candied confection. Ditto the Cherry Berry, which mixes vodka and fruit juices à la a Cherry Lime Rickey. To soak up the booze, order a generous portion of Breakfast Nachos ($14), served with a topping of baked eggs and black beans, or the Crispy Cheddar Grits ($9)—savory squares of fried hominy served with jalapeño dipping jelly.

Feeling selfish? Try the Pulled Pork Benedict ($16) or the specialty, the Fried Chicken Sandwich ($16) with coleslaw and thick waffle fries dusted in Old Bay seasoning and panini scorch marks atop the bun. A new grilled-cheese menu features thick sammies loaded with fillings either sweet, like blueberries and white cheddar ($12), or spicy, like the Nacho Libre’s ranchero sauce and house-made tortilla chips ($12). The Memphis Style ($14) comes packed with mac and cheese and BBQ pulled pork, and the side of classic tomato soup is a Chef Boyardee flashback. 

The waiters are clearly overtaxed, but they at least try to get it right. If you want to lose yourself in youthful energy and you’re fine with a brunch that causes—rather than cures—your hangover, Randolph Brooklyn is your joint.



Venue name: Randolph Brooklyn
Address: 104 South 4th St
Cross street: between Bedford Ave and Berry St
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 5pm–2am; Fri, Sat 5pm–4am; Sun 5pm–midnight
Transport: Subway: J, M, Z to Marcy Ave; L to Bedford
Price: Average drink: $13. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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This review is strictly brunch, as I haven't been back for anything else. I came for brunch with two friends (we had made a reservation). At first, the waiter was a tiny bit abrasive (about the number of people in our reservation...3 vs 2....even though the place was empty), but once we sat down and ordered, he perked up and was really great. All the drinks were delicious and they were constantly flowing. The cucumber drink was by far the best. The food portions were big and delicious, I was really impressed with what they had. The nachos were really good as were the Benedict. Would definitely go back, and interested in dinner as well. 

Lindsey W

Came here Friday night before going to Baby's All Right for Drake night. We ordered a pitched of some cucumber drink and chips and guacamole. I think our total was less than $40 which means in my mind it was a success. I'd love to come here to properly eat and drink, but for the 30 minutes that we were here chugging our margaritas it was great. They played great music, the bartenders were friendly, the place was spacious and we got to sit outside!

Really what more could you ask for?